ARIA Award for Best Male Artist

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ARIA Award for Best Male Artist
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded 1987
Currently held by Vance Joy (2015)
Official website

The ARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist, is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."[2] The award is given to an Australian male artist who has had a single or an album appear in the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart between the eligibility period, and is voted for by a judging academy, which comprises 1000 members from different areas of the music industry.[3]

The award for Best Male Artist was first presented to John Farnham in 1987.[4] Farnham, Diesel, Alex Lloyd and Gotye hold the record for the most wins, with three each, followed by Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and Nick Cave with two.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.[4][5][6]

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Album/Single Title
John Farnham Whispering Jack
Jimmy Barnes "Good Times"
Martin Plaza Plaza Suite
Paul Kelly Gossip
Tim Finn Big Canoe
John Farnham N/A
Jimmy Barnes Barnestorming
Stephen Cummings A Life Is a Life
John Farnham Age of Reason
Paul Kelly "Forty Miles to Saturday Night"
James Reyne "Motor's Too Fast"
Ian Moss Matchbook
Peter Blakeley "Crying in the Chapel"
Joe Camilleri "Angel Dove"
Stephen Cummings A New Kind of Blue
Paul Kelly So Much Water So Close To Home
John Farnham Chain Reaction
Peter Blakeley Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Jimmy Barnes Two Fires
Daryl Braithwaite Rise
Stephen Cummings "Hell (You Put Me Through)"
Jimmy Barnes Soul Deep
Daryl Braithwaite "The Horses"
John Farnham Full House
Richard Pleasance Galleon
Tommy Emmanuel Determination
Diesel Hepfidelity
Chris Wilson Landlocked
Jimmy Barnes "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Jon Stevens "Superstar"
Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Live
Diesel The Lobbyist
Jimmy Barnes Flesh and Wood
John Farnham Then Again
Tex Perkins Sad but True
Tim Finn Before & After
Diesel Solid State Rhyme
Chris Wilson Live at the Continental
Ed Kuepper Character Assassination
Paul Kelly Wanted Man
Rick Price "River of Love"
Dave Graney The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound
Diesel Short Cool Ones
John Farnham Romeo's Heart
Paul Kelly Deeper Water
Tex Perkins "You're Too Beautiful"
Paul Kelly How to Make Gravy
Dave Graney The Devil Drives
Jimmy Barnes "Lover Lover"
Mark Seymour "Last Ditch Cabaret"
Tex Perkins Far Be It From Me
Paul Kelly Words and Music
Chris Wilson The Long Weekend
Ed Kuepper Live!
Mark Seymour King Without a Clue
Matt Walker I Listen to the Night
Tim Rogers What Rhymes with Cars and Girls
Alex Lloyd "Lucky Star"
Ben Lee Breathing Tornados
Josh Abrahams Sweet Distorted Holiday
Paul Kelly "I'll Be Your Lover"
Alex Lloyd Black the Sun
David Bridie Act of Free Choice
Endorphin Skin
Groove Terminator Road Kill
Paul Kelly Smoke
Nick Cave No More Shall We Part
John Butler Three
Paul Kelly Roll on Summer EP
Paul Mac "Just the Thing"
Tex Perkins Dark Horses
Alex Lloyd Watching Angels Mend
Dan Brodie Empty Arms, Broken Hearts
Darren Hayes Spin
Paul Kelly ...Nothing but a Dream
Paul Mac 3000 Feet High
Alex Lloyd "Coming Home"
Ben Lee Hey You. Yes You.
John Butler Living 2001–2002
Nick Cave Nocturama
Tex Perkins Sweet Nothing
John Butler Sunrise Over Sea
Alex Lloyd Distant Light
Dan Kelly Sing the Tabloid Blues
Pete Murray "So Beautiful"
Tim Rogers Spit Polish
Ben Lee Awake Is the New Sleep
John Butler "Something's Gotta Give"
Keith Urban Be Here
Lior Autumn Flow
Paul Kelly Foggy Highway
Bernard Fanning Tea & Sympathy
Ben Lee "We're All in This Together"
Bob Evans Suburban Songbook
Dan Kelly Pirate Radio
Pete Murray See the Sun
Gotye Mixed Blood
Dan Kelly Drowning in the Fountain of Youth
John Butler Grand National
Josh Pyke Memories & Dust
Paul Kelly Stolen Apples
Nick Cave Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Gurrumul
Paul Kelly "To Her Door" (Live)
Pete Murray Summer at Eureka
Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
Daniel Merriweather Love & War
Bob Evans Goodnight, Bull Creek!
C.W. Stoneking Jungle Blues
Josh Pyke Chimney's Afire
Paul Dempsey Everything Is True
Dan Sultan Get Out While You Can
Dan Kelly Dan Kelly's Dream
Guy Sebastian Like It Like That
John Butler April Uprising
Paul Dempsey "Fast Friends"
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Drapht The Life of Riley
Gareth Liddiard Strange Tourist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Rrakala
Josh Pyke "No One Wants a Lover"
Gotye Making Mirrors
360 Falling & Flying
Angus Stone Broken Brights
Guy Sebastian "Battle Scars"
Keith Urban "For You"
Matt Corby Into the Flame
Flume Flume
Guy Sebastian Armageddon
Keith Urban "Little Bit of Everything"
Matt Corby "Resolution"
Paul Kelly Spring and Fall
Chet Faker Built on Glass
Dan Sultan Blackbird
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Gurrumul & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra – His Life and Music
Guy Sebastian "Come Home with Me"
Vance Joy "Mess Is Mine"
Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
#1 Dads Nominal
Daniel Johns Talk
Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again"
Jarryd James "Do You Remember"


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Winners By Award – Best Male Artist – 25th ARIA Awards 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Awards/2011 Best Male Artist Nominees – 25th ARIA Awards 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards". YouTube. ARIA Official YouTube Account. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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